Maroon Volleyball Adds Five Newcomers to 2020 Squad

Maroon Volleyball Adds Five Newcomers to 2020 Squad

CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman announced on Wednesday that the Maroons will add five first-year players to the 2020 roster.

The 2019 Maroons submitted a historic campaign. Their 28-4 overall record resulted in the best winning percentage in program history (.875). The squad advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championships and was ranked No. 1 in the national coaches poll during the regular season. Three Maroons were named All-Americans – setter Emma Griffith (1st Team), middle hitter Madison Pearson (Third Team) and outside hitter Anne Marie Stifter (Honorable Mention).



Jillian Amsler

  • Hometown: Franklin, Tenn.
  • Club Team: Alliance - 18-1 REN
  • High School: Franklin
  • Club Highlights/Honors: 2020 PrepVolleyball 2nd Team Academic All-American ... 2019 AAU Academic All-American ... Involved in the USA Volleyball High Performance Olympic Training Program (2016, 2017) ... Invited to the Girls' Youth Holiday Training Program (2017).
  • High School Highlights/Honors: Four-year varsity starter ... 2019 All-State 1st Team, All Mid-State 1st Team, All District tournament ... Two-time All-District ... 2019 team captain and MVP ... Nominated for Tennessee Player of the Year 2019.
  • Academics: National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, English Honor Society, Art Honor Society, Science Honor Society, French Honor Society ... National Merit Commended Student ... AP Scholar with Honors ... Qualified for the Seal of Biliteracy (2018-19) ... Community Service Chair.

Christine Jurgens

  • Hometown: Eagan, Minn.
  • Club Team: Mizuno M1 - 18-1
  • High School: Eagan
  • Club Highlights/Honors: Two-time AAU All-Star Team ... Two-Time JVA Player to Watch List ... AVCA Phenom List.
  • High School Highlights/Honors: 2019 All-State 1st Team, 2019 Prep Volleyball High School All-American 1st Team ... 2016 Minnesota State Championship Team and three-time state runner-up (Division I) ... 2018 State Championship Game Ball Recipient ... 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Award ... Two-time All-Conference Team ... 2019 Academic All-State ... Four-year Varsity Letter Award.
  • Academics: National Honor Society ... AP Scholar ... Four-Year Academic Letter Award.

Ella Mao

  • Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
  • Club Team: SG Elite - 18 Roshambo
  • High School: Polytechnic
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Club team finished top 10 in country at Girls Junior Nationals 2019 ... Two-time 1st Team All-SoCal ... Three-time All-CIF Southern Section Team ... 2019 Prep League MVP, four-time Prep League All-League ... 2017 1st Team All-Area (Pasadena Star), 2017 1st Team All-Stars (Pasadena Now), 2016 San Gabriel Valley All Star Team ... Captain of club team and varsity team.

Zoey Mao

  • Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
  • Club Team: SG Elite - 18 Roshambo
  • High School: Polytechnic
  • Player Highlights/Honors: 2019 CIF All-State ... Three-time Prep League 1st Team and one-time 2nd Team ... Two-time Prep League team champion ... Two-time SoCal All-Varsity Team ... 2018 All-CIF, 2018 Prep League MVP ... 2017 1st Team All-Stars (Pasadena Now) ... 2017 2nd Team All-Area (Pasadena Star) ... 2017 Coaches Award - Polytechnic School ... 2016 San Gabriel Valley All-Star Team ... 2016 USA Girls' Select A2 National Training Program [1st Place Gold Medal] ... 2015 USA Girls' Youth Select A1 National Training Program.

Maya Patel

  • Hometown: Cerritos, Calif.
  • Club Team: T-Street - 18-Mike
  • High School: St. Joseph
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Played club for seven years ... Four-year varsity player and three-year starter ... Scholar-Athlete for four years ... High School team captain two years ... 2016 CIF-SS Champion DIII, State Semi-Finalist DII ... Three-time All-League ... MaxPreps Player of the Week for state of California (2019) ... 2019 high school team MVP ... Led Del Rey league in assists (2018) ... Silver Medal in Open Division at Junior Nationals 2015.
  • Academics: Valedictorian ... California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society ... Distinguished Scholar (Honor Roll four years) ... Brown University Book Award.